2012 Ford Explorer

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2012 Ford Explorer Ratings


Consumer Rating

The J.D. Power 100-Point Score is based on hundreds of thousands of independent and unbiased opinions of verified car owners.
J.D. Power
Out of 100

Quality & Reliability

Measures the level of defects, malfunctions, and design flaws experienced by vehicle owners. Covers the entire vehicle from engine to infotainment system. A higher rating means fewer problems.

Driving Experience

Owners' evaluation of the vehicle's design, performance, comfort, functionality, safety, and technology, comprise this rating. Newer and recently-redesigned vehicles tend to score better.


J.D. Power's forecast of depreciation (how much of its current value the vehicle will likely lose) over the next three years. Lower depreciation equals a higher rating.

Dealership Experience

Not Rated
Owners' experience with this brand's dealerships during the purchase and service process make up this rating. Key factors include customer service, dealership facilities, and the quality of work.

Best Midsize SUV of 2012

All J.D. Power rankings are powered by VIN verified vehicle owners. See ratings methodology.

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Owners Like

Measured owner satisfaction with 2012 Ford Explorer after 90-days of ownership.
  • Quietness of the vehicle interior
  • Feel of the seat material
  • Transmission smoothness

Owners Don't Like

The problems experienced by owners of the 2012 Ford Explorer during the first 90-days of ownership.
  • Ease of getting in and out of the vehicle
  • The vehicle's navigation system
  • Forward visibility

Performance Specs

MPG City

17 - 18


23 - 25


240 - 290


6 speed, Automatic w/manual shift


Gas V6


Four Wheel Drive, Front Wheel Drive

Available Trims

2012 Ford Explorer Review

The ground-breaking 2012 Ford Explorer. The smartest Explorer ever. You except capability in an SUV. Explorer sets a new standard. The 3.5L V6 with twin independent variable cam timing delivers abundant power and best-in-class highway economy. Available intelligent 4WD and terrain management system maximize performance while advanced forming technology and AdvanceTrac with roll stability control enhances the experience. The Explorer has more than enough space for passengers and cargo with three rows seating for 7 and 21 cubic feet of cargo volume behind the third row. For cargo space on demand fold down the seats to create an accommodating 80.7 cubic feet. Available Innovative technologies like the industry-first MyFord Touch allows you to control music climate phone and navigation with over 10 000 voice commands steering wheel mounted controls and an 8 inch customizable touch screen. Designed to protect. The Blind spot information system alerts you of vehicles in your blind spot while cross traffic alert detects approaching vehicles when backing up. Explorer even has the world’s first inflatable rear safety belts. The 2012 Explorer. Redefining what it means to be an SUV.

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